Saturday, April 22, 2017

Atif Aslam: 'Hoor' one of the biggest songs of this year

Pakistani singer Atif Aslam says he is elated over getting a chance to sing a romantic track titled "Hoor" for the Bollywood film 'Hindi Medium', and hopes it gets a positive response from the Indian audience.

Atif reunited with Bollywood composers Sachin-Jigar after working with them for a song in 'Badlapur'. The new song features the lead cast - Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar.

"'Hoor' is a very special song. It's close to my heart. It is also one of the biggest songs for me this year. The entire team of 'Jeena jeena' has reunited for this song as well," Atif said in a statement.


He added: "'Jeena jeena' was well received by the audience. Sachin-Jigar have done a fabulous job with the song, and I hope the audience gives it same love that they gave 'Jeena jeena'."

Directed by Saket Chaudhary, 'Hindi Medium' also marks the debut of Pakistani actress Saba in Bollywood. It is a story about how education that is supposed to be a tool of enlightenment has become a tool to create inequality.

Talking about collaboration, Jigar said: "'Hoor' is more rooted, mature and Sufi than 'Jeena jeena'. This song will grow on people slowly. Lot of love songs that we hear today are more about heart break and separation. However, this song highlights the beauty of falling in love and how he describes his lover as 'Hoor'."

Irrfan is also very happy with the response to the song. He said: "It's a soulful and heartwarming song and it will definitely make you fall in love."

'Hindi Medium', a T-Series and Maddock films presentation, is set to release on May 12.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Prakriti and Sukriti sets new record with 'Noor'

Sonakshi Sinha-starrer 'Noor' is special for the twin sisters Prakriti and Sukriti Kakar as for the first time they have sung two different songs for the same film.

Composed by Amaal Malik, "Hai zaroori" has been sung by Prakriti and "Jise kehte pyaar hai" by Sukriti.


Sukriti said in a statement: "The track in 'Noor' is a really peppy song. I'm like that in real life too. I could connect with the song instantly and it was great fun singing it."

Prakriti echoes her sister's sentiments. "'Hai zaroori' is very special to me as it's the first time that Sukriti and I have sung two different songs for the same film. Hopefully, it's the first of many more to come. Amaal has composed the songs beautifully and I am glad both our songs are doing extremely well," she said.

The two had earlier sung "Goti song" from the 2013 film 'Nasha' together.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Badshah's 'O.N.E.' for fans

Rapper Badshah has dedicated his new album "O.N.E' to his fans to thank them for their support.

Badshah, who is signed by Sony Music India, has released the first track from the album titled "MERCY" - featuring Lauren Gottlieb.

"It's been long since I have released something on my own. My last was 'DJ waley babu' which is still getting played at clubs and parties and since then, my fans have been consistently asking me for new music," Badshah said in a statement.

He added: "'O.N.E' is an intention to give them exactly that. I am where I am because of them and, therefore, I believe an entire album with my originals is my way of thanking them."


After "Mercy", other songs from the album will be out by the end of the year.

"The song is the first in a series of songs and videos that we will be releasing throughout 2017. Prior to the album we will have one or two more while the album will have six to eight songs," he said, adding that the songs will be varied "from party, love ballad to progressive and dance".

Any collaborations?

"There is a huge possibility but nothing has been finalised yet," Badshah said.

Talking about "Mercy", he said: "The song is about how a girl and a guy meet at a club and from there on sparks fly and they fall for each other. I am basically asking the girl to have mercy on me as she is super gorgeous."

Lauren also says that working with Badshah was "super fun and he is extremely professional with a great vision". They shot for it at the O2 Arena in London. "It was awesome," Lauren said.

Sonu Nigam on 'Cricket Waali Beat': Sachin Tendulkar was pitching right

Singer Sonu Nigam, who has collaborated with Sachin Tendulkar for the iconic cricketer's debut track "Cricket waali beat", says he is a very good singer.

The song had its world TV premiere on the grand finale of singing TV reality show "Indian Idol 9" on Sunday night on Sony Entertainment Television.

Talking about it, Sonu said here: "I am glad to be part of Sachin's new innings. The song that he has sung with me is called 'Cricket waali beat'. I was very surprised to see the way he was pitching right. That's why I believe that when God blesses someone with genius, it spills in other faculties too."


Sonu can now vouch for Tendulkar's singing skill. "He is a very good singer. We did not use pitch corrector on his voice as he was singing in the right sur (tone) and (despite being) the shy person that he is, he got extremely comfortable the moment I kind of increased the masti (fun) quotient while we were shooting the video. It was wonderful and I am very happy that people are loving the song," the singer said.

Sonu judges "Indian Idol 9" with composer Annu Malik and choreographer-director Farah Khan. The finale saw 'Bahubali' famed singer LV Revanth taking away the trophy. The show also saw a comedic act by Sunil Grover as Dr. Mashoor Gulati and Rinku Bhabhi.

About having Sachin on the show's stage where he will also announce the winner's name, Sonu said: "'Indian Idol' is my family, my house, my domain and Sachin coming in and releasing the song for its world TV premiere, is a matter of pride for all of us."

"Sachin Tendulkar is a phenomenon not just for India, but for the world, especially for the world of cricket. When he is given the title of god, it's not just by chance. His whole demeanour, whole career, entire reputation and the spotless career that he has had, is the reason why he is called the God of cricket," Sonu added.

The Arjuna Award winner had earlier released his autobiography named "Playing It My Way", and recently he launched his digital app 100MB.

Irrfan Khan to debut as singer?

Known to have given some of the most memorable intense roles on screen, Irrfan truly has been bitten by the experimental big and rightly so. His varied roles on screen both in India and internationally has been appreciated by everyone.... Now a new picture has surfaced where Irrfan donning a beanie cap is seen in a music recording room with musical geniuses, Papon and Anu Malik.


Now it only makes us wonder what could he be doing with them. Now it is believed that Irrfan is all set to do a musical collaboration with these two and will be a synergy like no other.

We can't wait to get to know more on this!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Singers Who Made Successful Journey From Youtube to Bollywood

From Gangnam style to Justin Bieber, YouTube has changed a lot of people’s lives. India also has its group of talents who have reached different heights through YouTube. These young beautiful voices have made their own ways to the industry. Their covers can surely make you replace the original songs on your playlist. Below are the few names who have entered the Bollywood and we are sure they are here to stay –


Jonita Gandhi: The Indo-Canadian singer started singing at a very young age and her father being a musician always encouraged her. Jonita's YouTube videos went viral and became instant hit. Immense love from her fans got her to India where she made a debut in Bollywood by singing the title track of 'Chennai Express'. There was no going back for Jonita after that, she sang with A.R Rehman in a few movies and the latest addition to her list was the hit "Break up song" from ADHM.

Arjun Kanungo: Arjun rose to fame at a very young age. With his first album "Baaki baate peene ke baad" went viral, Arjun got a lot of offers. He sang in movies like 'Go Goa Gone' and 'Pizza'. He recently also did a video for Colgate with Sonam Kapoor.

Sanam Puri: This 22 year-old Delhi boy found his way into Bollywood with almost 1.5 million views of his song ‘Tujhse Naraz Nahi Zindagi’ on YouTube. He released his first album along with his band in 2011. After his instant hit, he was offered to sing ‘Dhat teri ki’ in the film ‘Gori tere pyaar mein’

Shraddha Sharma: Among the first to take her music online via YouTube (just like Justin Bieber), 20 year-old Shraddha Sharma is one of the country’s most popular playback singers and performing artists. Shraddha has signed a long-term contract with Universal Music for producing original material, which also gave her access to the professional music industry.

Aakash Gandhi: Aakash gained his initial popularity through his YouTube channel, 88KeysToEuphoria, which he created in January 2008. Aakash has released over 132 videos on YouTube via his channel. After which he signed his contract with Sony Music India.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Salim-Sulaiman: IPL latest anthem is dedicated to fans

B-Town's ace composers Salim-Sulaiman have collaborated with singer Benny Dayal to make an anthem titled "10 Saal Aapke Naam" for Indian Premier Leagues (IPL) upcoming 10th season. Salim says the anthem is dedicated to IPL fans.


"10 Saal Aapke Naam" is sung by Benny.

"IPL is such an amazing occasion of celebration in the country and I felt like whatever we composed whether it is ‘10 saal' or it is some other concept, the feeling of celebration is very important," Salim said in a statement.

"The whole concept of dedicating this season to all the fans was such an incredible thing because the fans have made this big. Whatever you do today -- whether it's a movie or a song - it's all about the people," Salim added.

IPL has previously had anthems like "Ek India Happywala" and "India Ka Tyohaar".

While sharing his experience, Benny said: "When I walked into the studio, they played me the whole song. The scratch was in Salim's voice. I was like, 'Salim, this is going to be damn huge'. But he said, 'No, it is not yet there' because he was still working on the song."

"He is always very critical about his song. This song makes people emotional and at the same time this is a very strong anthem for people to sing it. The recall value of the song is very high."

Friday, February 24, 2017

Jonita Gandhi to debut in acting?

"The Breakup Song" famed Singer Jonita Gandhi has been approached by Indo-Canadian film director Siddharth Achara to act in a film. She says she was approached for the film while she was touring.

Gandhi said: "I was approached for the film while I was touring, but there had been a lot of discussion since then because I wasn't sure if I wanted to deviate my attention from singing."


The storyline will be very close to her life's journey and shooting for the film is believed to start in July in Canada.

The story is about the lead protagonist who gains fame and fortune in today's digital age. The film's narrative mirrors Jonita's life as a YouTube sensation, her rise to fame on the digital platform and her massive fan following especially in India as well as in Canada.

Talking about the film, Gandhi said: "The plot and subject matter was really relatable for me, so it seemed like something I could give a shot. We are discussing exact dates and will begin shooting in Canada soon."

The film is currently untitled and will have other supporting characters also marking this as Achara's debut feature project which has been written by him too.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tanishk Bagchi took permission from Bappi da for 'Tamma Tamma Again'

Right before composer Tanishk Bagchi got down to composing the new "Tamma tamma" track, he spoke to its original composer Bappi Lahiri for an approval.


"I'm glad Bappi da, Madhuri ma'am (Madhuri Dixit) and everyone has liked the new song. And I couldn't have started working on it without having spoken to Bappi da once," Bagchi said in a statement.

"I called him before I started work on the song and he was really excited to bring back the song which till date people remember for its great music and stylisation of the video," he said.

The new version of "Tamma tamma" features in 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania'. This is not the first time Bagchi has worked on recreating a song. He last worked on "Humma humma".

Friday, February 17, 2017

Honey Singh breaks records yet again!

Singer and raper, Yo Yo Honey Singh, who became an overnight sensation with the electrifying "Angreji Beat", has made yet another record with his song "Dheere Dheere Se" crossing 200 million views on YouTube. It is also the first Indian song to have crossed the 200 million view mark on YouTube.

We have no qualms in calling him the Aamir Khan of the music industry, as he rightfully sets and breaks records and starts new number clubs. He is indeed setting high benchmarks for others to cross.


His rehashed version of the popular "Dheere Dheere Se" song from 'Aashiqui', became an instant hit with the audience, who loved the recreated romantic song with Honey Singh's rapper touch. The cute and charming chemistry between Hrithik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor against the backdrop of stunning locations, was an added bonus to the song.

Overwhelmed with the love he's received for the song, Honey Singh said, "I am overwhelmed with all the love, affection and warmth that I have been receiving for 'Dheere Dheere.' It is one of my most special works and I am glad that so many million hearts have taken to it in such a manner."

MAGICAL: Prakriti Kakar's new version of 'Darkhaast' from 'Shivaay'

The beautiful "Katra Katra" famed singer Prakriti Kakar has added yet another feather in her musical hat with the release of the acoustic version of the hit "Darkhaast" from 'Shivaay'.

Launched digitally recently, the track has become quite a sensation as Prakriti continues to receive rave reviews from both fans and critics alike.


The melodious track witnesses Prakriti infuse her own charms as the lyrics and rhythm mentally whisk you away to a magical land! Prakriti says that "Darkhaast" is one of her favorite songs and she was thrilled to deliver an acoustic version of the same. Prakriti's most recent release was the success of 'Dariya' sung alongside her twin sister Sukriti.

Clearly, Prakriti Kakar is going from strength to strength in more ways than one!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

FIRST TIME: Aditya Narayan performs "Yaara" for Mumbai Police

Singer, host and actor Aditya Narayan who is well known for giving playback to many hit chartbusters like "Tattad Tattad" and "Ishqyaoon Dishkyaoon" was recently spotted at Umang 2017 on 21st January. Aditya had his commitments in Pune on the same day but he wound up early and rushed directly from Pune to the venue just for the love and respect he has for our Mumbai police.



Source close the singer revealed that, despite of Aditya's tight schedule he managed to reach at the Umang 2017 as he had already given them a commitment. " Aditya was really excited to perform in front of Mumbai police and it was indeed a special one as he was performing his latest single 'Yaara' for the first time on stage. Its his way of showing Gratitude and respect for Mumbai Police," revealed the source.

Commenting on the same, Aditya said" It was a great experience while performing in front of our brave hearts. I was really looking forward to performing for the Mumbai police who work so hard day in and day out to keep us safe. I had an event in Pune that got a bit delayed hence i had to rush back but i got here in time and I am glad I had a chance to perform here at Umang".

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In memory of Dr Balamuralikrishna

 Listen to Best Of legendary Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna on Raaga.com

Vocalist, musician, multi-instrumentalist, playback singer, composer, character actor! The rather long list of accomplishments only begins here. Two National Film Awards from the Indian Government (1976 & 1987), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1975, Sangeetha Kalanidhi by the Madras Music Academy in 1978, Sangeetha Kalasikhamani in 1991 from the Fine Arts Society Chennai, India's second-highest civilian honour the Padma Vibhushan in 1991, Mahatma Gandhi Silver Medal from UNESCO in 1995, the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2005!!! "Oru naal podhuma..." a song in the 1965 Tamil movie Thiruvilaiyadal immortalised in his own dulcet tones serves to sum up this maestro's magical musical prowess!! Indeed a day is not enough to sing....nay, merely enlist your extraordinary mastery over music. For how could we ordinary mortals  dare to pose a challenge to the indefatigable Dr Balamuralikrishna .

Born Murali Krishna on the 6th July 1930, the musical journey began at the unbelievable age of 6! Yes, this was a life meant for music and would begin to enthrall one and all, at that tender age. Observing his interest in music, his father put him under the tutelage of Parupalli Ramakrishnayya Pantulu, a direct descendant of the shishya parampara of Tyagaraja, who ably mentored this prodigy to render a full-fledged Carnatic music concert at age 8 at the Tyagaraja Aradhana festival at Vijayawada. By the age of 14, the young lad had mastered all the 72 melakartha ragas and had composed krithis in the same. The Janaka Raga Manjari was published in 1952 and recorded as Raagaanga Ravali in a nine-volume series by the Sangeeta Recording Company. This was followed by more learnings and more concerts, both as solo musician or as the accompanist with the kanjira, mridangam, the viola and the violin. His musical journey is dotted by his spirit of experimentation and boundless creativity, while retaining the rich tradition of Carnatic music intact, He has composed the new ragas, Mahathi, Lavangi, Sidhdhi, Sumukham with only four notes while Sarva Sri, Omkaari, Ganapathy have only three notes. That's not all, he went on to innovate the tala system by incorporating "Gati Bhedam"

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He established the 'MBK Trust' with the objective of developing art and culture and for carrying out extensive research into music therapy. A dance and music school, 'Vipanchee' is a part of this Trust

This Maestro has over 400 compositions to his credit and is one of the very few people to have composed in all the 72 Melakarta Ragas and has created several ragas and also has invented a new Tala system. His compositions encompass every facet in Carnatic Music that includes Varnas, Krithis, Thillanas, Bhavageethas.

He accompanied Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Jugalbandi concerts with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Kishori Amonkar, he is also known for popularizing the compositions of Sri Bhadrachala Ramadasu and Sri Annamacharya. Apart from his native language, Telugu, his works also include ones in other languages like Kannada, Sanskrit, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali, and Punjabi.

He appeared as featured soloist with an award-winning British choir, performing the "Gitanjali Suite" with words from Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel Prize-winning poetry and music by "Dr. Joel", the noted UK-based Goan composer. His clear diction in several languages prompted an invitation to record Tagore's entire Rabindra Sangeet compositions in Bengali, preserving them for posterity. He has sung in French, and even ventured into jazz fusion, collaborating with the top Carnatic percussion teacher, Sri T.H. Subash Chandran, in a concert for Malaysian royalty. In February 2010, he did a three-day concert in Visakhapatnam.

"Heroes come and go, but legends live forever" said Kobe Bryant. This legendary journey ended its mortal trail on 22nd November 2016, at his residence in Chennai.